Quietly and purposefully, Oldham-based AID Ukraine 22 is working around the clock on its dedicated mission to provide vital needs to the war-torn nation.
The Trojan volunteer team have made three major trips, delivering nine Jeep-style vehicles and more than 45 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the country.
The vehicles will be used to ferry refugees, the vulnerable and wounded and distribute much-needed aid and support the Civil Defence Units protecting civilians in local cities, towns and villages.
Last week, a lorry left the UK and delivered the items donated locally to a base in Poland. The next tranche of humanitarian aid arrived in Ukraine on Bank Holiday Monday (2 May).
Stefan Moroz is one of the group activists who, in addition to spearheading fundraising, is helping to interpret for new UK arrivals.
He said: “The generosity and kindness of so many churches, companies, families, individuals, organisations, pubs and schools is helping ease the massive burden borne by innocent Ukrainian men, women and children who are either defending their country or having to flee their homes.
"Many have left with, literally, the clothes on their back, a small bag or suitcase, their love and fond memories of their family and homeland and the hope the conflict will end soon.
"We are still collecting money and humanitarian aid as the demand for items doesn't stop. And we are supporting new arrivals to the UK."
Among the deluge of generous donations are:- Boxes of survival packs in rucksacks donated by a Lancashire-based anonymous donor via the Ukrainian Greek Catholic parish in Oldham to AID Ukraine 22 being loaded up into a van for transfer and storage in the main lorry warehouse in Lancashire. - A room full of humanitarian aid donated by generous parents and pupils at Blue Coat School, Oldham, organised by Mr Richard Ford, science teacher and School Chaplain with the the encouragement of Father Daniel Ramble, of Oldham & Tameside. - Medical equipment donated by Liverpool Hope University and 8 other partner companies placed in the the store of AID Ukraine 22. This was organised and delivered to Oldham, by Mr John Begley, Maintenance Manager and Mr. Lee Cartwright, Head of Decorating Services. - Crompton House School provided a full car load of humanitarian that was collected by a Sixth Form Student and was coordinated by Mr. Andrew Holt, Deputy Head with the encouragement of Father Daniel Dean, Area Dean of Oldham & Tameside. A charitable account has been set up by the Ukrainian Catholic parish in Oldham. They have already started deliveries of items to those in need.
If you can help, contact Stefan Moroz on 07905 657695 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org